Showing off great life events on social media can be tempting, but it could also provide vital information to thieves.
Whether it’s a lavish gift or a fancy night out, all can be important clues for crooks.
A robber has surrendered Vice the shockingly simple tricks they use on Instagram to target influencers.
“They want fame so badly that they put themselves in danger,” says the anonymous criminal.
“People are trying to keep up with the Kardashians.”
So what should you consider when publishing content online?
Share your location in posts
If you post your location in a post, you may be revealing more than you intend.
According to the thief, marking the area in your posts can sometimes unintentionally reveal your address.
“Sometimes if you go into their live pin, their address is in there,” they reveal.
Some viral posts on TikTok and Instagram itself have misinterpreted this to mean that a cyber spy can track your location at any time.
So it’s worth noting that nobody can just search you on Instagram and get your live location – you might only be giving out such information if you’re not careful about tagging your location in posts, and you’re doing that yourself, not the app .
When you show off a Rolex and other luxuries, you’re making yourself a target.
Another tactic revealed by the crook is posts from nights.
If you’ve posted pictures of your car in the past and then shared a snap at a club, they might walk over and find your vehicle.
“We need to find out what club they’re in and throw a tracker under their car,” they say.
What to do to stay safe
If your Instagram account exudes a mega saturated vibe, crooks might be watching.
They easily use fake accounts to keep up with what you have and what you are up to.
So maybe think twice before bragging about the super expensive stuff.
Tagging places is fine, but make sure they’re very general areas and don’t give too much away – especially non-specific things like your address.
If you want to be on the safe side, just don’t mark your location.
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